In Sept. 9 Issue
The Russell County Jail is being shut down by the state department of corrections on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m., according to County Judge Executive Mickey Garner.
The closure comes after the jail received two letters laying out three different violations that were never responded to, Garner said.
The three violations were allowing inmates to smoke, not attending required staff in-service training, and staff not being properly trained for dispensing medication to inmates.
Garner said Asst. County Attorney Jeff Loy is currently researching the issue and is preparing to file a motion asking the state that the jail remain open through December, when the new jail near the Russell County Senior Citizen’s Center is slated to open.
Garner did say that the Sept. 15 date was not a “hard date” as county officials just got word of the upcoming closure on Tuesday. The date may be extended, he said.